Jonnycake Center announces Jeff Melish Fund for Basic Needs

The Center recently named its financial assistance program after Jeff Melish in recognition of his sixteen years of service on the Jonnycake Center’s board and his lifelong commitment to helping South County residents meet their most basic needs. The Fund currently provides assistance for housing, utilities, transportation, and other basic needs such as health care,…

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Tufts Health Plan sponsors summer produce

Thanks to Tufts Health Plan the Center was able to kick-off it’s weekly summer produce program “Healthy Harvest” early this year. Beginning in June, members can visit the Jonnycake Market for fresh fruits and vegetables every week, as opposed to monthly. This program generally begins in mid-July when farmers and gardeners begin donated locally grown…

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Jonnycake named 2020 BoA Neighborhood Builders RI Awardee

The Jonnycake Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Providence have been named Rhode Island’s two Neighborhood Builder Awardees for 2020. The nonprofits were selected for their work addressing economic mobility, specifically furthering the economic and social progress of individuals and families in low- to moderate-income communities. As an awardee, each organization receives a…

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Jonnycake wins Chamber Award

The Southern RI Chamber members voted the Jonnycake Center for Hope as nonprofit organization of the year. We are so pleased to have been recognized for our hard work by our peers, especially because there were so many amazing nominees. The Center has served more than 30,000 school vacation meals and distributed more than 150,000…

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Healthy Harvest

This seasonal program offers members weekly produce pick-ups from summer through fall. We are grateful to the local farmers and gardeners for their donations, including URI’s Agronomy Department, URI Master Gardeners/East Farm, Jamestown Community Garden, Earth Care Farm, Farmer’s Daughter, and so many local residents who routinely drop items straight from their garden.

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Block Island Bound

The Jonnycake Center joined forces with the Helping Hands food pantry at the Harbor Church on Block Island during three separate trips in April and May. Together, we served over 200 Islanders each trip, distributing approximately 5,000 pounds of food each time.

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Financial Assistance

The Jonnycake Center is fortunate to receive grant funds to provide financial assistance to its members. Funds can be used to prevent eviction, homelessness, and/or secure new housing; prevent a utility shut-off; and/or provide transportation assistance. Applicants must make an appointment with a Member Services staff member to determine eligibility. For more information, email Jen…

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2020 Census

2020 Census The 2020 Census is so important.  It will determine the resources that will be available to our local community for education, health care, and a long list of other public services. It will also decide our government representation.  The Jonnycake Center, in partnership with the Tomaquag Museum, is encouraging our Native neighbors to complete the…

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Cereal and Snacks Needed

Donations of cereal and snacks are what is most needed to support our school vacation meals program.  These two items can be expensive and difficult to purchase in bulk.  Our community has been outstanding in dropping off donations during our normal business hours at the Jonnycake Market.  

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Weekly School Vacation Meals

The Center will operate its school vacation meals program weekly throughout distance learning and summer vacation. This program provides enough milk, eggs, bread, cereal, snacks, fresh fruit, peanut butter and jelly, soup, and other items for five days worth of breakfast and lunch. During the first six weeks of the Covid public health crisis we…

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